Happy first of the month, friends! And welcome to October. We’re officially about 90 days from the end of 2021, oh my! This year has flown by like no other, and personally, for me, it’s been a whole lot better than 2020. So many changes have taken place in my world, but we don’t have to get into all of those right now.
Today, I’ve got some faves for you. But before that, let’s catch up.
This week, I taught several classes (and I’m subbing another one today), I worked, we celebrated Brady’s fourth birthday, and my momma was here for it all, which has been great. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: We are so grateful she makes the long drive up to spend time with us. Calculating the hours, my mom has spent almost 100 hours in her car this year alone on travel back and forth to us. And I know she’d say it’s totally worth it. And this is exactly why we moved!
Okay, friends, let’s get to the faves …
Celebrating Brady’s fourth birthday!
Yesterday, our little man turned four, my goodness! Time has been passing quickly with him. Yet, I can’t imagine life before him, so it almost seems like he’s been with us forever.
His birthday was a very good one for him! Brady requested a fire truck cake, so he got just that. I got his cake and balloons at Publix, and we were pleased with both.
On his birthday, Brady had school and swimming lessons, so it was already a busy day. We took him out for donuts before school, and we had a little family party for him at home in the evening, so we could sing to him and give him his presents. And we’re taking him to a local theme park this weekend as his big present from us, so that should be fun.
I’m working on a Brady update and will have that for you soon. If you have specific questions on things you’d like to know, send me a DM or leave a comment on this post below.
A few things I’ve been enjoying lately worth mentioning …
- Fall weather. We’re having hints of better weather, and I’m here for it. We’re going to an outdoor food truck/concert thing tonight in Ballantyne, and I think we may even need sweaters. Yes!
- “Dancing with the Stars.” I haven’t watched this show in so many years, but it’s been back for two weeks, and we’ve watched both episodes and will continue to watch it this season. My favorite Peloton instructor, Cody Rigsby, is on the show this season, and while that’s why I initially tuned in, I quickly remembered that I love to watch people dance. If you watch all these stars on the show, whether they are good at dancing or not, they have so much joy on their faces, and it’s so special to witness them coming to life through movement. I’m not a star, but I’d love to have the chance to learn ballroom dancing. So fun! Also, vote for Cody!
- “Tiny Pretty Things.” I mentioned this Netflix series before, all about dance at a prestigious ballet academy, but I finished it last weekend (on a Sunday afternoon, when I’m usually working, but I decided to take a break and veg), and I was totally captivated until the very end. I have to mention once again, this show is not safe for kids and has a lot of mature content. But the dancing was fabulous, and the story-line totally pulled me in.
- Outdoor dining. I had three lovely outdoor meals last weekend and all of them were super delicious. I know I’ve been quite critical of the healthy food options and quality here in Charlotte compared to the Bay Area (sorry, but it’s true), but we have found some gems. Let’s see ’em …
First up, a fall pumpkin açaí bowl from Clean Juice, which I shared with Brady. We also had avocado toast, which wasn’t the best, but the pumpkin bowl sure was good. I hadn’t had an açaí bowl since leaving California.
Next up, an incredible veggie and grain bowl from Yafo Kitchen, which I finished every single bite of and then was totally stuffed. And I enjoyed this bowl with Dave and Brady, while people watching the streets of the Dilworth neighborhood.
And finally, a super simple egg, avocado and tomato sandwich on sourdough from Sunflour Baking Company, paired with a tiny pumpkin latte.
I know it may not seem interesting to share restaurant meals if you don’t live anywhere near me and have these restaurants. But I do like to show you the variety of things I eat while out and about. Yes, there are carbs, yes there is sugar, and yes, I always finish. 🙂
This part needs a bit of a disclaimer.
This section of the post is where I share all the workouts I did the previous week. I want to remind you that I do more than the average person, because I’m a group fitness instructor, and it’s part of my job.
Your personal workout week should work with your lifestyle, be diverse and leave you feeling energized. It doesn’t need to look like mine or anyone else’s. It’s yours.
And in order to stay injury free, you should pay attention to the gear you use during your workout. Are you wearing the right shoes? Check out this post to find out … “How to choose the right athletic shoe for your workouts.”
- Monday: Taught 1-hour full-body barbell workout at Life Time, 9:45 a.m.
- Tuesday: Taught 1-hour barre class with light weights at Life Time, 9:45 a.m.
- Wednesday: 20-minute cycle at home on Peloton, 11 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught 45-minute weights/cardio class at Life Time, 10 a.m.
- Friday: Took 45-minute full-body barbell workout at Life Time, 9:45 a.m.
- Saturday: Took 45-minute lower-body workout at Life Time, 8:30 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
This past week of workouts was a good one and was class heavy again, which is okay by me. I took a full rest day off, had a light day with only a short cycling session at home and took and taught classes. I need a little yoga back in my life soon.
A Lady Goes West favorite products
There are certain brands that I swear by in my own life, and so I like to share them with you. If you choose to try them too, and if you use my links or promo codes, you will be supporting me. Thanks for that!
- Carbon38. I’m always wearing stuff from here, and it’s the coolest activewear around. Get 15 percent off your first two orders of $100 or more using the code ASHLEYPITT.
- G2G protein bars. I love these tasty and minimal-ingredient protein bars. You can get 15 percent off your order on the G2G Bar site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Organifi supplements. This is my go-to protein powder brand. You can get 15 percent off your order on the Organifi site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Beautycounter. The best safe skincare and makeup. Send me a message, and I’ll share a 20 percent off code for your very first order.
- Les Mills On Demand workouts. My favorite fitness brand. You can do a whole month of workouts during a free 30-day trial by using my special referral link here.
A couple of good ones from around the web
- Podcast. This was an interesting interview on “The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast” with the found of Belcampo Meat, Anya Fernald. She talks about creating a haven in her home to support her healthy lifestyle, and she also talks about all the things she learned while running a business during COVID. I enjoyed listening to her.
- Annual visits. You know I like to remind you about all things hormones. This is an excellent article on all the tests you can request from your OB/GYN during your next visit, in order to make sure your hormones levels are on track and in the right place for you to feel good. Take it from me and my history, you have to get your hormones in check, ladies. It matters.
Here’s the thought of the week …
A Lady Goes West favorite archives
- Fall thoughts. I hope you enjoyed this one … “Four things to focus on this fall.”
- Longevity. Even if you didn’t read this book, the takeaways are good … “Three important health lessons I learned from reading “The Longevity Book.”
Thank you for coming by A Lady Goes West, my friends! Have a wonderful day! And I’ll see you back here next week.
Questions of the day
How was your week?
What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in October?